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Merc, as in Mercury? You have a lot of those over there? Man, One of my favorite classic rides is a 63 Marauder. My Dad had a 66 Cyclone that he worshiped once upon a time.
18-07-2016 03:21 PM
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More as in Mercedes.

AFAIK Mercury cars have never been imported here other than by individuals. Given UK fuel prices (Around £1.12 a litre here just now and that is low). If I remember rightly a US gallon is 3.8 litres so that's $5.66 a US gallon but fuel prices are unusually low just now as is the pound/dollar exchange rate. It often works out at nearer $10 a US gallon.

Large US engines with high fuel consumption are only for the rich round here.

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18-07-2016 04:06 PM
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I'd be a poor man if I had my van there. 7.5l 460CID beast that gets 9 MPG. It could pull a house off its' foundation though, which is inestimably cool to me.
18-07-2016 04:16 PM
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9 mpg! OK that is actually 4.54/3.8 x 9 for a UK gallon - 11mpg.

Last thing I had that was that bad was a Kawasaki S1 250cc motorcycle. Which had been rather excessively over-tuned. It no longer really had a throttle, it was more of a switch, you either got all 30-odd horses or none of them. It would do 100+mph if you didn't mind the bendy frame. I once chickened out around 90mph on a newly laid runway (Which hadn't hardened enough to let planes land on it so we got to play) as I never knew which way it was going to bounce next. It wouldn't start in the rain, pumped out vast clouds of pollutants and when you removed the airbox, you could hear it miles away. It was a 10,000' runway and I could empty the tank (About 9 litres) in 8 runs along it.

And it cost more in spark plugs than fuel. You had to change the plugs for town use or you'd seize up the middle cylinder.

That thing was fun Smile

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18-07-2016 04:24 PM
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My first real job was as an electronics tech right out of trade school, got laid off after three years, then went to work for a clay mining plant driving a truck for thirteen years. After a big fight with the boss I got fired from there and started driving for another company hauling grain, had to weigh 105,000 pounds just to get a ten dollar bonus per load. Quit that and started hauling cattle and hog feed, got electrocuted and messed up my vision just enough where I couldn't pass a CDL test, so went to work making car parts til my back gave out on me and had to go on disability in 2010. All I do now is work a few days a week at my local vape shop, where I do practically nothing.
18-07-2016 06:09 PM
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Been in and out of various sales positions for almost 25 years, which eventually led to sales training and management.  Everything from telemarketing to car sales to traveling door to door salesman and everything in between.  A lot of that was spent in the car audio and home theater world, where my natural tendency to want to work on things got me into installing and from there into fabrication.  

I've had dozens of little side jobs over the years as well, everything from steel construction and drywall to helicopter ramp attendant.  

When I got hurt in a car crash in 2010, I went to school to learn parametric modeling.  The insurance company only paid for 3 courses, so I had to self teach a lot after that, and I'm a weird combination of much better than most at the simple stuff, and horribly under educated on the fancy bits.  But since I mostly do it for projects I'm doing myself or for projects i'm involved in, I know how to stay within my limits.  

I've also dabbled in writing, and I'm very good at it - just never took a swing at making a living with it.  The only things I've ever submitted for publication actually got published (a couple of magazine articles), with the exception of a book treatment that was accepted by the author but the publisher decided to go another way with it.  I still got paid for my work though.  

Now I work two jobs, one for a serial entrepreneur doing everything from sales to CAD work as needed, and the other for a startup managing and training their sales team and negotiating deals with vendors and event hosts.  Both of them pay me what they can when they can, which isn't going so well.  

I'm trying to get one of my inventions to market in the background, but I just don't have the money.  Patent lawyers are expensive. 

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18-07-2016 06:42 PM
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I see there is a nice group with occupations that without vaping probably wouldn't be hanging out, except maybe at the local watering hole... Smile

Currently Operations Management with a staff of nearly 750 employees..... like running a day care centre.....except the majority of the "children" earn $50G+.

Passion has always been working with my hands, was an executive chef and rebuilt a few motorcycles (16) then built my custom in 2001 and can't part with her... but would find room in the garage to rebuild a Zundapp if I could find one.... Smile
18-07-2016 10:28 PM
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A guy I knew ran a wartime Zundapp that lost a cylinder to artillery - so he ran it as a rather poorly balanced single.

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18-07-2016 10:30 PM
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(18-07-2016 10:30 PM)Don Wrote:  A guy I knew ran a wartime Zundapp that lost a cylinder to artillery - so he ran it as a rather poorly balanced single.

Yup, literally bullet proof! Smile
18-07-2016 10:33 PM
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(18-07-2016 04:16 PM)TinWhisker Wrote:  I'd be a poor man if I had my van there. 7.5l 460CID beast that gets 9 MPG. It could pull a house off its' foundation though, which is inestimably cool to me.

My 140hp diesel car does 55mpg on a run, 42 in town. OK the 55 is 46 in US gallons.

I can get over 400 miles in town from a tank when I don't run the AC. Which I did all day today as over 65F with any humidity is painfully hot for me...

We've been just over 70F with 100% humidity all day - and will get close to 80F with 100% humidity tomorrow.

That counts as horribly hot here.

I've lived in places where 130+F with 100% humidity happened in October and no AC as no electricity.

In no hurry at all ever to return there.

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